Category: Architecture

Broch of Mousa, Shetland

This is an Iron Age style broch, which was built round about 100 BC and it the tallest of all brochs, as it still preserves its full structure, save the (likely thatched) roof. In fact, it is one of the best-preserved prehistoric buildings of Europe. It is situated on the Island of Mousa, which is now uninhabited, and it can only be reached by boat, which operates between April and September. Storm petrels, European shags and seals can be seen on the island, as well as, a beautiful rugged coastline.   

You can see more of the island here.

A tour of Mousa Broch on my Youtube channel. 

Bautzen, Germany

This colourful town was traditionally inhabited by the Sorbs, a Slavic people, and though they have declined in numbers, many still live in this region (as well as the Spreewald region to the North) and keep traditional customs alive. There is a Sorbian museum you can visit if you want to know more about them (which is the reason why we stopped by), but overall they have also contributed to the slightly unusual appearance of the town architecture. 

V&A Dundee

Königstein Fortess, Saxony, Germany

This fortress was built into the rock it is standing on, the name literally meaning ‘king’s rock’. The original core dates to the 13th Century and after it changed hands multiple times it was re-constructed in the 17th Century, a lot of which still remains. It often served as a secure refuge for local rulers due to its strategic advantage and has never been conquered. It also served as a prison during the two world wars and is today a museum. 

Bode Museum, Berlin

This museum was interesting because it had a juxtaposition of Western and African art and, of course, fabulous architecture.  

Bode Museum, Berlin

This museum was interesting because it had a juxtaposition of Western and African art and, of course, fabulous architecture.  

Alte Nationalgalerie / Old National Gallery, Berlin

It was raining profusely, so it was a relief to be able to spend hours looking at pleasing architecture and beautiful paintings. The last three are some of my absolute favourites. If you know these paintings, now you know where to go to see them. 

Alte Nationalgalerie / Old National Gallery, Berlin

It was raining profusely, so it was a relief to be able to spend hours looking at pleasing architecture and beautiful paintings. The last three are some of my absolute favourites. If you know these paintings, now you know where to go to see them. 

Dublin City Hall

Dublin City Hall